Toronado 25th Anniversary Ale | Russian River Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
rrbeer.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.75%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Toronado 25th Anniversary Ale started out as six individual brews, each with their own personality, and all incorporating Brettanomyces and or micro-organisms. Once the barrel aging was complete, Russian River’s Vinnie Cilurzo and Toronado’s David Keene got together to create the final blend. To create its fine carbonation, we re fermented the Toronado 25th Anniversary Ale in this bottle. Spent yeast cells from a thin layer of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Pour slowly, allowing the natural yeast sediment to remain in the bottle.

Blend:
4% Sonambic (barrel aged for 15 months)
16% Blonde Ale (barrel aged for 8 months)
36% Strong Pale Ale (barrel aged 12 months)
28% Ale Aged with Currants (barrel aged for 8 months)
12% Strong Dark Ale (barrel aged for 12 months)
4% Baltic Porter (barrel aged for 10 months)

Added by MasterSki on 08-06-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
382
Reviews:
64
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
7.14%
 
 
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349
Gots:
88
For Trade:
12
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Ratings: 382 |  Reviews: 64
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rado for sharing this one at Wowcoolman’s tasting.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with some fruit, vinegar, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and very drinkable.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pretty cool of my homie to share this one with us, acting like its nothing special. yeah right dude, this is white whale stuff, especially in this day and age. only now learning of the blend here, which makes a lot of sense. i kind of just thought it was a black currant wild ale, didnt know there were all these other barrel aged beers in it. its weird now thinking back that 4% of baltic porter seems to have influenced this a fair bit, as i was getting some roasty elements coming through an otherwise pale beer, and the fruit seemed really light, so if the blend ratio listed here is correct, than that accounts for that as well. pink to purple hued, very hazy, with a prickly white head that tickles my nose as i get in there to smell it. fruit is pretty far back, and i was wondering if that was a product of age, but now i suspect just the blend. smells more like raspberries than currants i think, but has that distinct jammy thing going on. sourness is both intense and complex, which is very russian river. the lacto is there, throwing acid and funk to it, but its also got a lot more going on, timeless maturity, this has evolved and dried out to the max degree. i wonder if it has changed much, it must have right? carbonation is through the roof, and the finish is instant, although the fruit comes back in the end and the wood profile starts to taste more like wine than anything else. wonderful wild ale, i think maybe not as epic as consecration, which may be the blended in beer. i love the complexity though, and you can literally taste the rarity here (isnt that what the whale chasers say?). very impressive offering on the whole, honored to be a part of it. thanks guys!

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out as an orange color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer is pretty potent, very sour aroma on the nose. The taste is pretty strong with acidic funkiness too. Subtle sweetness but not much else. The feel of the beer is thin to medium bodied. Overall this was pretty awesome.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of oline73
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a small amount of off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: There is a mild tartness with a nice vinegar note. A good amount of malt sweetness underneath.

Taste: More sourness here than there was in the smell. I'm getting some tart lemon and vinegar like notes. There is just a touch of funk to compliment the sour notes. There is just enough sweetness to balance the beer out. The finish is sour.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the syrupy side of medium with mild, tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

OVerall: I thought this was a very nice sour. I'm not sure it stood out among Russian River's other offerings, but I enjoyed it. It has a nice tartness to it. I'd have more in the future.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Geist for sharing this one. The pour is a light maroon with a thin, bubbly tan head that doesn't stick around for too long.

The nose is dark fruits, cherry, and moderate acidity. Some Consecration character in the background, along with a touch of oak as it warms up. The flavor is a bit more fruity with some additional oak. There's a general fruitiness alongside the acidity throughout, but to me there's nothing that really stands out about this one.

Honestly, I would prefer a bottle of Consecration to this one. I think the blend ended up with something that is tasty, but not all that memorable.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Reddish golden. Small cream head. Islands of foam on the surface.

Smell - Acetic acid, musty, and fruity. A little bit of cherry, some tart cranberry, and oak.

Taste - Better. Strong sour, less acetic in nature than the aroma. Dark fruits, some red wine. Musty, dry, and oaky.

Mouthfeel - Very sour. Less complex than I expected. Well carbonated and very clean.

Overall - It's really good, but the difficulty in obtaining it doesn't make it worth it. Standing independently, any brewery would be proud to make this beer, but standing next to some of RRs standard sour offerings, it isn't as impressive.

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Toronado 25th Anniversary Ale from Russian River Brewing Company
4.34 out of 5 based on 382 ratings.
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